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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 1997 | SHARON BERNSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Thirty feet below a smelly, trash-strewn path between a shopping center and a condominium complex, a wild forest of reeds and brush bursts forth from a barely moving stretch of Medea Creek in Agoura Hills. Defiantly green against the surrounding concrete, these cattails, arundo and willows provide an odd and incongruous patch of beauty behind a locked and rusting chain-link fence.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 2001 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Orange County Grand Jury on Wednesday called for improved testing of waterways contaminated by urban runoff, better public notification of health hazards and the creation of task forces to encourage protection of each regional watershed. While acknowledging that the county has worked to address urban runoff, "the consensus is that it's not necessarily solving the problem," grand jury member Ronald Burczewski said.
NEWS
November 16, 1997 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County flood control worker Jim Dourte was patrolling his area along the Santa Ana River bike path when he abruptly braked his pickup and sprang into action. "Here's where I have a lot of trouble," he said, pointing down a dirt embankment. "Look at all the squirrel holes. There's one there, there and there! Don't step on them, they'll cave in."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 1998 | SOLOMON MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Four people, three of them youths, escaped serious injury Thursday in the shallow but swift waters of the Pacoima Wash, which Fire Department officials said illustrated the dangers of entering flood control channels even when water levels are low. The two incidents occurred less than three hours apart in Pacoima and Sylmar, where the wash channels water flowing out of the mountains. "We actually do more rescues in that area than any other," said Capt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 1997 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County flood control worker Jim Dourte was patrolling his area along the Santa Ana River bike path when he abruptly braked his pickup and sprang into action. "Here's where I have a lot of trouble," he said, pointing down a dirt embankment. "Look at all the squirrel holes. There's one there, there and there! Don't step on them, they'll cave in."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 2006 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
The New Orleans hurricane disaster, worsened by levees that failed, has prompted the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to consider speeding up flood prevention efforts in northwest Orange County. At issue is a potential $330-million combined federal and county effort to fortify 77 miles of aging, substandard flood channels in northwest Orange County -- some flanked by crumbling earthen embankments -- that snake through backyards, gullies, industrial areas, wetlands and parks.
NEWS
February 14, 1986 | JACK JONES and ANDY ROSE, Times Staff Writers
Southern California escaped with only minor problems as a moderately heavy rainstorm moved east Thursday, but forecasters warned that a "vigorous" new frontal system could bring mud slides and flash flooding in some areas today and tonight. The National Weather Service said the second storm is expected to strike the coast head-on and have a stronger effect than the one that began Wednesday evening and dropped .93 of an inch of rain at the Los Angeles Civic Center and .
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 1997 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With the first El Nino-influenced storm of the season now history but anticipating others yet to come, Caltrans and Orange County workers are racing to complete emergency repairs to freeways, to shore up weakened flood channels and to remove debris left after several days of powerful Santa Ana winds. Weather forecasters say another storm spawned off the Aleutian Islands in the Bering Sea is headed toward Southern California, and could bring more rainfall late today or early Monday.
NEWS
June 15, 1986 | CARMEN VALENCIA, Times Staff Writer
Hovering 500 feet above Santa Fe Springs in a Hughes 500 helicopter last week, Battalion Chief LeRoy Kehret saw what appeared to be a liquid leaking onto the ground between two tanks at an oil refinery. He noted it and would later ask a fire inspector to investigate. "We need to find out what it is. If it's water, then it's no big thing," Kehret said.
NEWS
October 25, 1997 | ERIC MALNIC and HENRY CHU, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Federal disaster authorities on Friday warned that a vast swath of the Los Angeles Basin is at risk of being swamped during El Nino storm conditions unless the region's flood control system is improved or restored. U.S. officials Friday designated a low-lying zone, 75 square miles stretching from Pico Rivera to Long Beach, as a "special flood hazard area" in serious need of better storm runoff systems.
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